The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has released a new version of its online Community of Practice to provide a hub for conversation about digital skills and use of educational technology (EdTech) in the FE and Training sector.
The online Community of Practice is located on the ETF’s Enhance Digital Teaching Platform and has been designed to look like a social media channel. Contributors can share videos, photos and files, and users can bookmark posts as well as like and share them.
The Community of Practice also includes a resource bank with a very flexible search facility to allow filtering by key words or phrases, theme, date or contributor. Resources have been contributed by practitioners across the sector as well as by the ETF’s Essential Digital Skills CPD programme and include things like practical demonstration videos and schemes of work.
Vikki Liogier, the ETF’s National Head of Digital Skills and EdTech, said:
“The ETF’s Community of Practice is designed to make it as easy as possible for people from across the FE and Training sector to share ideas, advice and resources. Staff in learning providers may have access to an internal communication channel to share practice, but this channel offers a broader reach across learning providers to widen the circle of support. It’s about community learning, bringing together varying perspectives to generate new ideas, and over time we hope that it will be owned and driven by professionals across the sector.”
To help instigate and foster discussion on the platform, newly appointed Champions from across the sector are playing an active role responding to posts and sharing ideas. EDS Champion Andy Greaves, Deputy Group Curriculum Director at New City College, said: “The community of practice is a fantastic peer support network where teachers are able to share their challenges and triumphs in Essential Digital Skills delivery. The explorative nature of the posts and community environment allow teachers to ask the awkward questions, collaborate on solutions, share resources and approach course planning/development strategically.”
Champions are also running live online events to support and complement the online Community of Practice. These include 30-minute live chats and more extended meetups.
The new ETF Community of Practice is open for anyone to view. To contribute to the conversation, users need to register on the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform which is a very quick and simple process.
To access the live chats and meetups, visit the EDS website.